October 31, 2014

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What you need to know about Florida today

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Waiting game: Why small businesses aren't hiring

Even as the economy extends its growth and small businesses slowly add jobs, most owners are still holding off on hiring. Many owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys. Some owners who do want to hire face obstacles like finding workers who can and want to do the job. More at the AP.


Latina uprising: Florida No. 3 for most female Hispanic-owned firms

According to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, 2014 is expected to see the number of Latina-owned businesses in Florida grow to 144,600 — an increase of 8,700 from 2013’s report that recorded 135,900 Latina-owned businesses. More at the Orlando Business Journal.


‘Voice of Florida business’ grades lawmakers on 2014 votes

Dining Trends

Summer vacation is here, for restaurants too

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Saturday will be bittersweet for Christian and Mari Vivet. Their south Fort Myers' restaurant Blue Windows Bistro will serve its last dinner of the season that night. The Vivets will lock the doors. They won't reopen until October.

Blue Windows is the minority these days. There was a time when Southwest Florida turned into a ghost town come June.

» Full story from the Fort Myers News-Press

Associated Industries of Florida, which bills itself as “The voice of Florida business,” has released its 2014 scorecard for the Florida legislature, measuring how often House and Senate members sided with AIF’s position. More at the Palm Beach Post.


Palm Beach County pushes to increase summer tourism

Tourism groups are making a push for summer business in Palm Beach County. Discover Palm Beach County says business slows down in the summer months, so they are putting deals together in hopes it picks up. More at WPTV.

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Q&A: Hurricane sales-tax holiday starts this week

Longtime Florida residents know that tarps, batteries and generators should be on everyone's hurricane checklist. Starting Saturday, residents can stock up on them tax-free. Here's what you need to know about the sales-tax holiday from the Orlando Sentinel.

Out of the Box
Florida scientist, 12, wows Obama with "sand-less sandbag"

sandless sandbagPeyton Robertson, a 12-year-old budding scientist from Fort Lauderdale, wowed President Barack Obama on Tuesday with a timely invention: a lightweight "sandless sandbag" designed to hold back salt-water flooding and rising seas. Clearly impressed, Obama told a distinguished crowd at the White House Science Fair: "If you can buy stock in Peyton, you should do so now." Read more from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and see a video from ABC News.

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